How to motivate anyone

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Motivation is important for all of us, whether you’re a manager that wants to increase the motivation of employees or just a regular person seeking to increase your motivation level. You can try the trick I learned as a manager. 

Whenever I felt like I was getting unmotivated or my employees were losing their motivation, I would throw down a challenge to get myself or them excited about doing work. For some context, I worked at a car dealer. So challenges I did related to mostly selling cars. 

If we did not meet the sales quota that week / month. I would create a challenge for selling the most cars. Whenever someone sold a car, they would get one point. And whoever had the most points at the end of the week / month would get a bonus (basically more money at the end of that month). 

This was mutually beneficial because we generated revenue from selling cars and a portion of that revenue was paid as a bonus. Which motivated the salesperson to sell even more cars which compensated for the money lost on the bonus. 

This trick can work in a wide range of scenarios, say you’re a parent and you need to get your kid to do something. You could create a challenge for them and motivate them to do that thing. 

Authors Note

We wish our readers don’t just simply read this story but rather also reflect on the lessons mentioned. See if you can implement any of the lessons taught in your life.

Book: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (Purchase book on Amazon)

Lesson(s)

  • Throw down a challenge 

If you’re struggling with motivating yourself or your employee or child, then try to create a challenge. Say you want your child to do their chores, what you can do is create a challenge where for every chore they do, they collect a point. And if they get a lot of points they will get something they desire (i.e ice cream, cake, etc). 

Notice: All of the content above is fictional. 

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